Blog A Book Etc goes to Paris actually happened. At ridiculous o’clock in the morning I made my way to Kings Cross St Pancras and hopped on the Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. After Friday’s day out with this lovely myself and Catherine headed over the water for yet another day out. Starbucks and passport in hand I was ready to go, for this journey I came prepared with some course reading – not the most ‘interesting’ but essential and totally worth the time.After two and a half hours we made it to Gare Du Nord where Jess met us at the station with a big hug and warm croissant to welcome us across the border. Awesome right! Despite having a list of things that we wanted to do all three of us were a little tired from our London day out and just fancied a mooch and a devil of a shopping trip. Before we got our shop on though some touristy bits were a must.
First stop Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre and some of the beautiful views that go with it. However with such a beast of a hill in front of us we decided to take a little detour around and down to the cable car. Luckily we bought a day ticket for travel around the city and it was valid to get us up the hill – pretty cool right! This is something that doesn’t happen in London which was just such a nice surprise.
Even from the bottom of the hill I was amazed but such a beautiful sight. Clearly I wasn’t ready for what was to come once we reached the top. In true tourist fashion we spent a good 5-10 minutes taking pictures of this wonderment before we found the cable car. When we reached the top the view wasn’t great as the fog took over but it was still breathtaking. Unfortunately most of the pictures that I took did not come out well but there are a couple that I will put up on my instagram soon so keep your eyes peeled. Whilst in awe it was one of the few moments of the day that I as actually rendered silent.
At the front of the church there was a sign that stated quite plainly that you were not allowed to take pictures inside. However after getting half way around the staggering beauty of a building and witnessing many with their phones I can only assume it was no ‘flash’ photography. Out came the phone and I was lucky enough to get some memorable shots.
It is times like this that you have time with your thoughts and things really do come to the surface. I shed a few tears of joy, happiness and a couple of sadness but that was my moment of peace and personal space. It felt totally awesome.
Still in silence I came across this spectacular model of the very church I was standing in. To be able to see such a wonderful building scaled down was absolutely amazing and I wasn’t the only one as it was hard to get a clear shot of this. Thankfully I was in a patient mood and it really did pay off.
After my moments silence we headed back down in the cable car via a few side streets full of souvenirs and budding ‘artists’ trying to fight for your attention to catch you for a portrait – another no no! As we ambled through the streets below on our way back to our hosts humble abode for lunch we stumbled across an absolutely divine chocolaterie. From chocolate boats to a very tasty looking version of the Eiffel Tower they had everything you could imagine, including Macarons which we didn’t touch in hope of getting to a Ladureé later in the day.
After being surrounded by chocolate for longer than I care to remember we made our way back to our lovely hostess’ abode. She made us a delicious mushroom pasta and salad with fresh crusty bread and some of the creamiest butter I have ever tasted. Simple is always better and this really did work. With lunch in our bellies and a little more energy than before we took a stroll along the Seine walking past book sellers, artists, lovers and more. Shakespeare and Co was within our reach and being a book lover I couldn’t just walk by without going in, even if it was for a sneak peak. Across the way from this delightful corner of Paris is the beguiling Notre Dame and my, my what a sight. Not only was it utterly beautiful but I was clearly not the only one that thought so as the queue spoke for itself. This time I was completely satisfied just being able to get a couple of snaps from the outside. Enjoy the next couple of pictures.
Isn’t it just beautiful, from the detail down to the corrosion from age it is yet another Parisian building that makes you weak at the knees just from sight. As much as I like summer, the current season really is one of the best to see Paris as you can comfortable stroll around with a light jacket and scarf without getting too hot and bothered. Luckily the fog cleared up and the sky turned blue so we powered through the rest of the day.
Next stop on the Agenda was some beauty shopping and that is exactly what we did. Put three females on a day out and near a shopping district and the roads may seem unusually quiet, only because we are INSIDE all of the shops. Now this might sound like a stereotype for females but honestly have you been to Sephora? If not then go and if you have then you will understand. I think we were in there for over an hour with a mixture of decision making, christmas shopping and just pottering about amongst beautiful things. I got quite a few things that I had been on my list to buy since my last Paris trip (a long while back!) and a few extras that will save me time and money for Christmas.